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Tortallan heroines sorted into hogwarts houses

Alanna is clearly a gryffindor. Brave, idealistic, fond of slaying literal and/or metaphorical monsters.

Daine is a ravenclaw. Curious, intellectually hungry, once stopped her heartbeat to listen to whales.

Kel is a hufflepuff. Loyal, hardworking, pragmatic. Mildly baffled when she gets recognition for doing something she considers her job.

Aly is a slytherin. Sly, clever, would never do something the normal way when she can do it a better way.

Beka is a little harder to pin down, but I think she’s a gryffindor at heart with hufflepuff methodology. She would like to be able to slay the world’s evils in one fell swoop, but knows she can’t. Instead she does her best to stop the small ones.

  • Dove: Aly, for god’s sakes –
  • Aly: No Dove, please I beg of you, will you just shut your beautiful pie hole. Just sit there, let me stare at you, while you silently support me on this game plan.
  • Dove: Aly –
  • Aly: Shhhhh, Dove, your quiet support means the world to me, as well as your tacit endorsement of all my behaviors.

I started rereading Trickster’s Choice a couple days ago, and since I reread Lioness Rampant not that long ago, I’m finding the contrast between Alanna and Aly pretty striking:

At the beginning of LR, Alanna is still a relatively new knight and she doesn’t know what she wants to do with that. That ambition that drove her to become the first lady knight in a hundred years is gone and she feels lost now that she’s completed her goal of earning her shield. She’s aimless and wandering and she feels kind of stuck and unable to figure out what she wants do with the rest of her life.

Aly, meanwhile, knows EXACTLY what she wants to do with her life, but because her parents disapprove of her becoming a spy, she also feels stuck. She’s considered a grown woman but she still acts very much the carefree child because she’s bored and restless and doesn’t like the idea of being bullied into a career or a marriage she doesn’t want.

Idk, it’s interesting to me. They’re the only two protagonists Tammy’s really written who’ve experienced frustrations like this regarding their futures, I think. I mean, the Circle kids all have their magecraft and their individual crafts, plus Sandry’s political position as the niece of the ruler of Emelan, which helps keep her busy. Daine spends her whole series either figuring out her powers or dealing with Ozorne and Uusoae’s meddling, and at the end of the war she moves into the palace to be with Numair and continuing providing her services to the crown. There’s never any question of what she’s supposed to/wants to do next, we get the feeling she gets the happy ending she wants. Kel’s completely devoted to her knighthood and beyond that there’s another war, so she doesn’t have time to think about the direction her life is going in even if she wants to (although we don’t get the feeling from the text that she DOES to, because she already knows exactly what she’s doing with herself). Beka’s similarly enamored with her work, and that’s all she ever wants to do - there’s no restlessness there except for when she’s working on a tough case she can’t crack.

So it’s interesting to me that Alanna and her daughter are the only ones who really experience these kinds of internal conflicts regarding their futures, and I know I already said this makes me relate to Alanna more, but it helps me relate to Aly too, and I definitely think this is something that other young adults can relate to, too.